Austin Houldsworth

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Jewellery and Textiles Programme; First Year Leader and Senior Lecturer, MA Material Futures

I am a designer and maker based in London and Manchester. I am an expert in alternative monetary systems and strives to bring imaginative thinking to this traditionally dry subject matter. 

I studied Interactive Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University before attending The Royal College of Art to complete an MA in Design Interactions. After graduating I worked for architect Usman Haque, contributing to the conception and realisation of various large scale installations. I am currently finishing an industry-funded PhD at the Royal College of Art.

Alongside my role as an educator, I runs a design studio. Previous projects include ‘2million & 1AD’ a prototype 4 tonne fossilisation machine and ‘Crime Pays,’ an alternative currency system which involved hijacking a fin-tech conference. Commissioning bodies include E.P.S.R.C, Intel, Barclaycard, Tatton Park, Longbridge light festival and Nesta. Awards include a Core77 design award, Blueprint design award and an Output Award. Recent exhibitions include London and Paris Design Week, Liverpool Biennial, Microsoft Research and St Etienne Design Biennale.